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Audioholics tech articles are well researched and chock full of great detail on how products and technologies operate. Our staff of electrical and acoustical engineers, combined with industry expert guest writers ensures you're getting a true AV education when researching all topics from HDTV, cables, room acoustics, loudspeakers, amplifiers and all things related to audio and video technologies.

Audio Technologies

Dirac Live Bass Control Available On Select Receivers From Onkyo, Pioneer Elite, and Integra

— September 29, 2023 22:30

Dirac Live Bass Control Available On Select Receivers From Onkyo, Pioneer Elite, and Integra

Onkyo, Pioneer, and Integra began offering Dirac Live room correction on mid-priced AVRs in 2021. Now the brands’ latest receivers offer Dirac Live Bass Control as an optional add-on! Read on.

Audio Technologies

Trinnov Reveals Details of WaveForming Redefines Low Frequency Reproduction

— July 06, 2023 11:45

Trinnov Reveals Details of WaveForming Redefines Low Frequency Reproduction

Trinnov’s new WaveForming technology seems remarkably similar in capabilities to DIRAC ART. This editorial illustrates the differences and how to plan your speaker and subwoofer system accordingly.

HDTV Display Formats

Spears & Munsil NEW Ultra HD Calibration Disc Has Pop Up Help

— June 12, 2023 00:05

Spears & Munsil NEW Ultra HD Calibration Disc Has Pop Up Help

Spears & Munsil released their NEW 2023 Ultra High Definition calibration Blu-ray disc series to help installers and home theater enthusiasts calibrate their displays for the best possible picture.

Audio Technologies

Trinnov Strikes Back at Dirac with New ‘Active Acoustics’ Technology

— February 03, 2023 01:00

Trinnov Strikes Back at Dirac with New ‘Active Acoustics’ Technology

Shortly after Dirac announced Dirac Live Active Room Treatment, Trinnov has responded with its own announcement: a groundbreaking “active acoustics” technology that promises similar results! Read on.

Audio Technologies

Dirac Live Active Room Treatment: One Giant Leap for Room EQ, Coming Spring ‘23

— January 09, 2023 00:30

Dirac Live Active Room Treatment: One Giant Leap for Room EQ, Coming Spring ‘23

Dirac is set to revolutionize with Live Active Room Treatment Spring of 2023. Utilizing ALL of your speakers, ART spatially optimizes your system for every seat, reducing the need for passive room treatments.

Audio Technologies

Dolby Atmos Best Speaker Setup Practices In the Home

— December 20, 2022 00:30

Dolby Atmos Best Speaker Setup Practices In the Home

The inner workings of Dolby Atmos and how best to set up your home theater with the right number of speakers for a successful Atmos experience, common mistakes and misconceptions are all revealed.

Audio Technologies

History of Surround Sound Processing: The Battle for Dolby Pro Logic II

— December 10, 2022 09:00

History of Surround Sound Processing: The Battle for Dolby Pro Logic II

This is a historical perspective on 6-Axis surround originally developed by Jim Fosgate (who recently passed away) and how it battled Harman's very own Logic 7 format to become Dolby Pro Logic II.

Audio Technologies

Sennheiser Powers New Spatial Audio Experience on Netflix

— November 10, 2022 00:10

Sennheiser Powers New Spatial Audio Experience on Netflix

Netflix now has Spatial Audio for subscribers listening on two-channel devices. Sennheiser’s AMBEO Spatial Audio technology converts immersive sound formats into an enhanced version of stereo.

Audio Technologies

Is Google Hitting Dolby with Royalty‑Free Competition?

— October 14, 2022 00:55

Is Google Hitting Dolby with Royalty-Free Competition?

Google to launch new royalty-free 3D audio and HDR video standards. Google's motives are likely just to shore-up its own Android & YouTube platforms with upcoming enhancements rather than competing with Dolby.

Audio Technologies

THX Spatial Audio on Qobuz Listen with ANY Headphones!

— October 07, 2022 00:35

 THX Spatial Audio on Qobuz Listen with ANY Headphones!

Qobuz teams up with THX to deliver immersive music using proprietary THX Spatial Audio rendering. These tracks highlight THX technology to deliver “spatialized” 360-degree audio on any headphones.

Audio Technologies

Mobile Fidelity’s Digital Vinyl Debacle: Are your records really analog?

— August 31, 2022 00:05

Mobile Fidelity’s Digital Vinyl Debacle: Are your records really analog?

Mobile Fidelity has been caught in a lie. After years of claiming to produce pure analog vinyl, it's been revealed that the company regularly uses digital DSD transfers in the production of its remasters.

Room Acoustics

Will Dirac’s New Active Room Treatment Minimize Need for Passive Treatments?

— August 29, 2022 00:50

Will Dirac’s New Active Room Treatment Minimize Need for Passive Treatments?

Dirac Live is looking at Active Room Treatment to let all speakers work together to correct each other allowing you to manipulate the spatial qualities of a system and overcome acoustic problems.

Audio Video Cables

Should You Use Audio Cables as Tone Controls?

— August 19, 2022 00:15

Should You Use Audio Cables as Tone Controls?

Some believe that different cables lend different sounds to your system. Does that mean that you could use cables as a sort of tone control, to tweak the sound of your system? Read on to find out.

Loudspeaker Design

Can Active Streaming Speakers Really Replace a High‑End Stereo System?

— July 19, 2022 00:15

Can Active Streaming Speakers Really Replace a High-End Stereo System?

Will hardcore audiophiles ever replace their two-channel rigs with all-inclusive active streaming speakers? These compact setups have become very popular so there’s clearly a market for them. Read on.

Audio Technologies

Auro 3D Downmixes into Bankruptcy, Still Keeping Height Channels Up

— June 23, 2022 00:25

Auro 3D Downmixes into Bankruptcy, Still Keeping Height Channels Up

Auro 3D has recently declared bankruptcy. But is the the end for this immersive surround format? Can it survive on upmixing only? Don't count the audio company from Antwerp, Belgium out just yet.

Loudspeaker Design

MIT Researchers Develop Paper‑Thin Loudspeaker That Can Mount to ANY Surface

— June 04, 2022 01:00

MIT Researchers Develop Paper-Thin Loudspeaker That Can Mount to ANY Surface

A Research team at MIT has developed a thin, flexible loudspeaker that can be mounted to any rigid surface (such as a wall), turning it into a high-quality audio source. Learn about the applications.

Audio Technologies

Is Qualcomm’s New ‘aptX Lossless’ Technology The Holy Grail of Bluetooth?

— February 10, 2022 01:00

Is Qualcomm’s New ‘aptX Lossless’ Technology The Holy Grail of Bluetooth?

Qualcomm Technologies announced the first truly lossless Bluetooth audio codec. aptX Lossless can deliver CD-quality audio with zero loss of information. Will audiophiles finally embrace Bluetooth?

Room Acoustics

Personal Psychoacoustics: A Journey towards Great Sound & Product Development

— February 07, 2022 01:05

Personal Psychoacoustics: A Journey towards Great Sound & Product Development

There have been a lot of articles on psychoacoustics and the relative audibility of various acoustic phenomena. This is a personal journey towards great sound and product development.

HDTV Display Formats

Netflix Is Now Streaming High‑Quality AV1 Video to Select Smart TVs and Game Consoles

— January 26, 2022 00:50

Netflix Is Now Streaming High-Quality AV1 Video to Select  Smart TVs and Game Consoles

Netflix is streaming content via a new, more efficient video codec called AV1 which can deliver higher video quality at any given bitrate than previous codecs. Will this become the new standard?

Room Acoustics

Audyssey MultEQ‑X Room Calibration Software Goes PC

— January 20, 2022 00:40

Audyssey MultEQ-X Room Calibration Software Goes PC

Audyssey announced the MultEQ-X PC based room correction software that works as an add-on to the MultEQ system already embedded in many AVR's. What kind of features can we expect from MultiEQ-X? Read on.

Audio Video Cables

HDMI 2.1 Compliance Certification Explained

— January 17, 2022 00:45

HDMI 2.1 Compliance Certification Explained

The HDMI Licensing Admin says that new HDMI devices can be granted “HDMI 2.1 compliant” status even if they don’t support any of the features associated with the HDMI 2.1 standard. Confused? Read on.

Loudspeaker Design

10 Loudspeakers Trends That Should End

— January 14, 2022 00:10

10 Loudspeakers Trends That Should End

In this article, we go over ten things that we would like to see change within the loudspeaker industry. Read on to find out what speaker companies are doing that bugs us so much!

Loudspeaker Design

10 Audio Myths Debunked For Better Sound

— December 27, 2021 00:30

10 Audio Myths Debunked For Better Sound

We tackle some of the less obvious but more resilient audio myths that seem to linger despite numerous attempts at correction. We debunk the audiophile myths to help prioritize your hifi needs.

Audio Technologies

Audio Codecs Explained for Non‑Audiophiles

Dua Rashid — September 26, 2021 20:20

Audio Codecs Explained for Non-Audiophiles

WAV, FLAC, MP3, MQA, what is the best audio CODEC to handle your audio files? Audioholics has put together a guide explaining these extensions and what they mean in terms of sound quality and storage.

Audio Technologies

Tidal Adds Millions Of MQA Tracks From Warner Music Group

— July 08, 2021 01:55

Tidal Adds Millions Of MQA Tracks From Warner Music Group

Tidal’s library of MQA-encoded music has just grown significantly. Millions of new tracks have been added from Warner Music Group’s extensive catalog. Is MQA really better or just a gimmick? Read on.

Audio Technologies

Apple Music Lossless & Dolby Atmos: How YOU Can Enjoy Every Bit of Resolution!

— June 29, 2021 01:00

Apple Music Lossless & Dolby Atmos: How YOU Can Enjoy Every Bit of Resolution!

Apple Music is now lossless for its entire catalogue with separate libraries streaming at high-resolution and Apple’s new Spatial Audio by Dolby Atmos. We discuss how to get the best sound.